Fruits and Vegetables will Pass through the Tajikistan-Russia Simplified Corridor

Five groups of foods products can pass through the Tajikistan-Russia simplified corridor.

Tajikistan and Russia have agreed to simplify customs procedures.  An agreement between Tajikistan’s Customs Service and Russia’s Federal Customs Service on simplifying customs procedures for movement of goods and vehicles between Tajikistan and Russia (Simplified Customs Corridor) was signed in Moscow on April 17, 2019.

In accordance with the annex to the agreement, the following goods can pass through the Tajikistan-Russia simplified corridor:

– Vegetables and some edible roots and tubers;

– Edible fruits and nuts, citrus and melon peels;

– Unroasted Peanuts;

– Processed vegetables, fruits, nuts or other parts of plants;

– Various food products.

Persons participating in the simplified customs corridor project have some preferences.  For example, they have the priorities in customs clearance zones and customs procedures will be accelerated for them.

Russian media outlets consider that the agreement is groundwork for the possible expansion of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC).  In an interview with Ekonimka Segodnya (Economics Today), Dmitry Verkhoturov, an expert on Central Asia at the Center for Contemporary Afghanistan Studies, said Tajikistan is seeking expansion of economic cooperation with Russia.